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Latest posts by KT53

Cardboard Collar To Stop Caterpillars?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:32

I was thinking exactly the same thing Steve


Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:30

On the BBC weather this morning they were saying that the South East of England has had something like 3% of the expected rainfall in about the last month.  That would certainly be low enough to make clay ground shrink and crack like that.

Garden Hose

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 22:12

Xhose and similar don't generally get good long term reviews.  They can't be repaired so even a minor incident can render them useless.  I've read of people cross threading the tap connector and the tap connector can't be replaced either.  Much more trouble than they are worth in my opinion.

garden center reduced price damaged plants

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 22:08

One of our local garden centres put massive reductions on plants which have passed their best.  That may simply be that they have passed their flowering period for the year, or they may have been stuck at the back of the display and gone very leggy.  Still good plants and, as I have a large garden to fill, have the potential to save me a fortune.

Buying things in the bargain section of the garden centre...

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 17:51

Some very brave people here.  Not only buying the things and admitting to it, but posting photo's too.

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Thanks nutcutlet.  It's certainly odd.  The bamboo has been there for about 20 years and the whole clump is normally green at this time of year.  It certainly doesn't look promising at the minute despite the new growth.

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 20:24

I know there are those here who think that is a cause for rejoicing but I love the plant and have had no trouble with it trying to take over the world.  But to the point, many of the mature stems have started to die back.  The top of the stems have turned almost white whilst lower parts are still the proper golden colour and have leaves on them. 

I know some stems will die off each year, they then make great wigwams for my beans, but this year the problem is much more severe.  Any thoughts on what might be causing the problem?  Our winter wasn't particularly severe and new stems are being produced.  Sadly it looks like I'll be left with 2 or 3 small clumps rather than the old stand of bamboo which was about 10' x 3'.

Preparing hard-packed soil to start a garden from scratch

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:46

Sounds like a job for a rotovator.  If it's hard packed you will probably need to give the garden a thorough watering before getting to work with the rotovator.  Once you've dug it over you'll have a better idea what the ground is actually like and can then make a decision as to whether you need to add compost, horse manure etc.

Drooping Osteospermums

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 17:17

One of mine is doing the same.  Several purchased at the same time and planted in the same bed with the same conditions.  I can only assume one had been over/under watered at the garden centre but didn't show at the time.  I'll just have to see if it recovers.

GW Subscription Issues

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 13:40

Mine arrived today.

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
Replies: 3    Views: 425
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
Replies: 0    Views: 393
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 430
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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